Bryant Cochran Story from Atlanta - Part 2
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Since: Apr 11
#1 Aug 13, 2012
McCracken Poston said the JQC's investigator also sought information from him about whether Cochran was issuing pre-signed blank search and arrest warrants to local law enforcement officers.
"I was asked by the commission about presigned warrants and have since talked to sources inside the courthouse that indicate that this has been a practice," Poston told the Daily Report. The JQC investigator's questions, he continued, indicated that when Cochran wasn't available, the signed but otherwise blank warrants "were just handed to the police officers."
"The need for a neutral and detached magistrate assessing every officer's request for a warrant is fundamental to the job of magistrate," Poston continued. "If he has abandoned that this could be an upheaval of the criminal case files in Murray County that may go back almost a decade."
On July 31, Cochran was elected to his third term as Murray County's chief magistrate judge. He could not be reached for comment.
Cochran's attorney, Christopher Townley, could not be reached for comment regarding the warrant allegations. But Townley earlier told the Daily Report that Cochran "adamantly denies" Garmley's claims that Cochran solicited sex and attempted to recruit her as his mistress. "If a lawsuit were filed against him, he thinks the truth would come out in court and he would be able to disprove these allegations," Townley said.
"Anyone can make allegations. And when allegations are made, investigations have to occur," Townley continued. "But investigations and charges are two different things, and Judge Cochran has not been charged with anything."
Garmley told the Daily Report this week that Cochran propositioned her in his office last April after she sought arrest warrants for a man and two women two of them former tenants that she and her husband had evicted from one of their rental mobile homes who pulled her from her vehicle and assaulted her. Poston told the Daily Report that Garmley is cooperating with the JQC investigation.
Garmley said that on the day after she was attacked, she went to see Cochran to swear out arrest warrants. Although she was accompanied by her sister, Garmley said that Cochran insisted on meeting with her alone.
She said that once in his office, the judge indicated that he already had contacted the defendants and that he had a message to her from her former tenants. "He asked her if she wanted to drop the charges, saying,'I just want to let you know that they said if you continue with these warrants that they will give your husband information that would hurt you in your divorce,'" Garmley told the Daily Report. At the time, Garmley was in the process of what she described as an amicable divorce from her then-husband, Joe.
Garmley said she was surprised, but still insisted on swearing out arrest warrants.
In a written statement recounting the incident that Poston sent to the Daily Report, Garmley recalled, "I was so shocked that Bryant even allowed them to even get him to ask such a question," which she told the newspaper she viewed as a threat. She said the judge didn't ask her about the incident with the tenants, "like if I had bruises, or what happen, who hit me and where. He didn't even care about the fact that my daughter Angelia and her unborn child was also hit in the attack on me. I thought he would have one of the lady's there to look at all the bruises? But he never did."
Instead, Garmley told the Daily Report that Cochran began asking her personal questions about her marriage, and told her, "I heard Joe had a pretty wife, but, damn, you're fine," and then asked her if she had ever cheated on her husband.(CONT.)
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